Will Pope Francis meet the Chinese president this week?

Will Pope Francis meet the Chinese president this week?

CNA—As communist Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to Rome this week, there has been much speculation as to whether his trip will also include an unofficial visit with Pope Francis. Ahead of China’s president’s arrival in Italy on March 21, the Associated Press (AP) reported that Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said, “Our…
France: A Tale of Two Faiths

France: A Tale of Two Faiths

Crisis Magazine—Last March, an Islamist terrorist stormed a supermarket in Trèbes, France, shot two people dead and took others hostage. In negotiations with police, the terrorist agreed to accept a police lieutenant’s offer to swap places with the last hostage, a female cashier. The police officer, Arnaud Beltrame, was subsequently killed. In honor of his…

Frightful Nightmare: Students at Christian boarding school kidnapped in Cameroon, released days later, teachers still held

Bamenda, Cameroon, Nov 6, 2018 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).– Armed separatists kidnapped 79 students from a Christian boarding school in Cameroon Monday. The principal, a teacher, and one other staff member were taken hostage Nov. 5 with the students aged 10 to 14 from the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon’s…
Chinese authorities destroy two Marian shrines despite Vatican-China agreement

Chinese authorities destroy two Marian shrines despite Vatican-China agreement

Beijing, China, Oct 26, 2018-(CNA)—As part of an ongoing crackdown on religious practice in the country, Chinese authorities demolished two Catholic Marian shrines this week. The move comes just one month after the Chinese government signed an agreement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of bishops. (short video slideshow here) According to reports from AsiaNews,…
Young Woman from Beijing China Discovers Faith and Freedom

Young Woman from Beijing China Discovers Faith and Freedom

Beijing, China, Oct 30, 2018 —CNA– The first time Wenxuan Yuan visited a Catholic church in Beijing as a child, she was struck by its beauty. In the courtyard of the church there was a blackboard with a verse from the Book of Revelation in Chinese, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and…